Rabbi Aviner and the ‘Christian Scam’


By Tsvi Sadan

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner (b. 1943) is head of the Ateret Yerushalyim Yeshiva, and is among the more important leaders of the religious Zionist movement. Whatever he says, therefore, carries considerable weight among his many adherents. And his recent article “Christians Who Love Israel: The World’s Largest Scam” comes in the form of question and answer, which adds extra religious weight to it.

Aviner is concerned by increasing Christian financial support for Israel. He asks how Israelis should relate to Christian organizations like HaYovel, which sends Christian volunteers from around the world to help Jewish farmers in the West Bank. In Aviner’s mind, all forms of Christian assistance to Jews have but one purpose: “Erasing Israel in one way or another.” Therefore, he concludes, “we shouldn’t be lured by statements of love, hugs and kisses.”

Aviner divides the Christian world to three groups: Catholics, liberal Christians and Evangelicals, whom he sees as the most dangerous group.

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